The Democratic Alliance (DA) in the Eastern Cape is appalled by the absence of water in Addo in the Sundays River Valley Municipality (SRVM), where taps ran dry on the 11 January 2018. Since then, it has affected a clinic, the South African Police Service (SAPS), local business, and residents.
I reported the issue to the SRVM on 11 January and was, on a daily basis, in contact with the SRVM’s technical director to establish progress. He did communicate with us, but offered every possible excuse and it became clear that the municipality did not know what the problem was.
Further to this, I also visited the local water plant, where it was said the problem started because of lack chemicals used in purifying the water. A lack of chemicals is a regular excuse for when water is not available. The chemicals needed only arrived on Monday, 15 January, but it was then said the problem is actually being caused by floating matter, like plastic bottles, blocking the water valve.
After inspection by SRVM, there was no blockage in the said valve and the next excuse was an alleged airlock in the system. In addition, the municipality needed to inspect the connections at each house, as it may be blocked, but that also seemed be another excuse.
JCB digger loader was then used to open water lines and to check all t-junctions and connection point for blockages, but the problem persists.
On Wednesday I requested a water truck to at least bring water to the communities. It was promised to arrive on Thursday, but never did. The message was reported to the local ANC councillor, but he never reverted back.
I have written to our Municipal Manager Sydney Fadi, and Mayor S Matinise, requesting that the issue be immediately resolved and investigated. I have also requested for better planning to avoid the same problem in the future.
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